From puzzles to bikes, books to dolls and much more in between, Santa’s Workshop and its volunteer elves are well underway in preparing for the upcoming Christmas season.
The organization helps parents of the Valley with children from newborns to 16 years old by providing toys for Christmas. Volunteers clean, repair or restore and repackage toys, readying them for distribution.
Parents can call and make an appointment to ‘shop’ for their children through three weeks in December.
Volunteer Barb Metheral explained pre-registration is required, and parents, grandparents or guardians can call 250-897-1994 Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to make an appointment between Nov. 30 and Dec. 22.
A special day – Dec. 16 – is dedicated for grandparents to shop for gifts for their grandchildren. Last year, more than 300 parents came through the warehouse to select a variety of toys.
The workshop is accepting donations of gently used toys, games, bikes and cash during the month of November.
To view the list of drop-off locations, visit santasworkshopcomoxvalley.com or stop by Santa’s Workshop at 150 Mansfield Drive in Courtenay. The last day for gift donations is Dec. 12.